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Poster: Reade Date: Sep 8, 2012 6:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Weir performing "Most of the Time"

Someone once posited on these pages that Weir grew that Yosemite Sam beard to hide his sadness regarding, well, ...you know.
A very compelling piece of speculation I thought then.

I recently heard Weir performing Dylan's 'Most of the Time' and remembered that. Damn if it didn't sound to me like a song about Jerry. The line about 'I can smile in the face of mankind' jumped out, perhaps to him an ironic jab at the expectations of others in the face of great loss. (It doesn't seem to me like he smiles much anymore).
Sure the tune's written about a woman but turn it six degrees to the left and it can be about a lot of things. The last line haunts: 'I don't even care if I ever see her again. Most of the time.'


"Most Of The Time" by Bob Dylan

Most of the time
I'm clear focused all around
Most of the time
I can keep both feet on the ground
I can follow the path
I can read the sign
Stay right with it when the road unwinds
I can handle whatever
I stumble upon
I don't even notice she's gone
Most of the time.

Most of the time it's well understood
Most of the time I wouldn't change it if I could
I can make it all match up
I can hold my own
I can deal with the situation right down to the bone
I can survive and I can endure
And I don't even think about her
Most of the time.

Most of the time my head is on straight
Most of the time I'm strong enough not to hate
I don't build up illusion 'til it makes me sick
I ain't afraid of confusion no matter how thick
I can smile in the face of mankind
Don't even remember what her lips felt like on mine
Most of the time.

Most of the time she ain't even in my mind
I wouldn't know her if I saw her
She's that far behind
Most of the time I can even be sure
If she was ever with me
Or if I was ever with her
Most of the time I'm halfway content
Most of the time I know exactly where it went
I don't cheat on myself I don't run and hide
Hide from the feelings that are buried inside
I don't compromise and I don't pretend
I don't even care if I ever see her again
Most of the time.

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Poster: ducats Date: Sep 9, 2012 8:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Weir performing 'Most of the Time'

i was leaning on one of those metal barricades at a Further show waiting for somebody who was using the restroom, basically just relaxing stairing up at the sky about 15m before showtime. all of a sudden i get a forearm shiver to the chest, fall backwards as 3 or 4 people crush over me (mind you it was not a very crowded area, NOBODY bumping into ANYBODY) as they scurry onto the open field behind the stage that I guess the barricade was "protecting". I calmy call out what the fuck dudes i would have gladly stepped to the side. At this point 20 or people gather around me at the barricade and start calling out "have a great show Bobby", "I love u Bobby" and bullshit like that. The fucking guy ran me over like he hates the world.

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Poster: Reade Date: Sep 9, 2012 9:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Weir performing 'Most of the Time'

Band members clearing their own path to the stage, even when unnecessary! Geez I guess these Further tours are more Rock Stars-on-a-budget type affairs than I had imagined.

As I was reading the first part of you post I kept thinking, 'I know what's coming, I know what's coming....'
It seems like there may have been other similar anecdotes to yours on these pages? but I can't remember.

Yeah, I addressed sadness and pain in my post but anger and hate in the face of crushing loss obviously is a part of the mix. It's my opinion that he might be performing this song as a kind of mantra.....

'Most of the time my head is on straight
Most of the time I'm strong enough not to hate.....

I don't cheat on myself I don't run and hide
Hide from the feelings that are buried inside
Most of the time..........'

Again none of this would have occurred to me if not for that post about his beard. I thought for years that it was just so strange the way he was sporting that thing and then I read that guy's speculation and kee-WACK! ..... had an 'Oh, OK, I got it!' moment.